Being pregnant is hard work. Being pregnant when you have children at home is even harder. Everyone says to take it easy when you’re pregnant, but that’s not always possible! One pregnant mom is sharing her harrowing story to show that while it might not be easy to slow down a bit, it’s incredibly important.

[Putting Myself Last Ended Me Up in Hospital – NEW BLOG] Our bodies work in incredible, sometimes scary ways…especially when your pregnant. I knew I would hit a metaphorical wall eventually I guess I just didn’t know that wall meant hospital and I would basically be bed-bound for days unable to lift a finger without being in agony. Little did I know all the care I was putting into everyone else like , cleaning, cooking, dressing Harper, even wiping her ass- I would soon find myself on the other end of – literally having someone have to wipe my ass for me. . Now I knew being pregnant with a toddler was gonna be a challenge but f#*k me those days when she’s impossible (96% of the time) and my body is getting bigger, throw in some sciatia and a rotated pelvis I assumed that daily pain would be the worst it would get..I was wrong. . I had been saying to my husband and Mum for months now that I feel like I’m my body literally has nothing left to give and that soon I won’t be able to give anymore and unfortunately I was right. (CONTINUE READING – LINK IN BIO)

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Pregnant mom blogger Steph Pase wrote about her scary experience. Her body literally shut down while she was pregnant and caring for her toddler.

Steph says that her daily routine of caring for daughter, Harper, managing her household and running a building business with her husband, took a very dangerous toll on her pregnant body.

In a blog post titled, “Putting Myself Last Ended Me Up in the Hospital,” Steph describes how doing too much was too much.

Says Steph, “It started when I woke up one morning and my entire body felt like it did a hectic workout ..which I haven’t.”

She describes having sore, tight, stiff muscles, with no known cause. People thought she may have the flu, but she says the pain she felt wasn’t a flu ache, but something different. And it got worse every day.

We take plaque very seriously in this household 😂 . . So today is a very important day "World Mental Health Day". As most of you know I've suffered from anxiety my whole life. Yes I have questioned myself many times "why can't I just have a bloody normal brain" "am I just crazy" and "why me". Some days are harder than others – where the walls feel like they are caving in, people scare the crap out of me and the world is ending for no apparent reason (heck it even scares me from writing this post!). I have experienced a very challenging childhood and times as an adult which I may or may not ever share. Yes, I have an anxiety disorder BUT I am also a kick-ass mother, wife, daughter, friend and a decent caring person. Having a mental illness does not make me or anyone else less worthy of love and a good life. To those out there suffering from a mental illness I know you're exhausted …you're fighting a war inside your head every single damn day. If that isn't completely exhausting I don't know what is..BUT that is what makes you one tough amazing human. You are stronger than you believe and it makes you even braver to speak up♥️ I only pray my daughters don't have to go through a mental illness BUT I know if they do I will be there for them 200% and hopefully by then the world will be open, supportive and accepting to those suffering. . . You are not alone ♥️Do you suffer from a mental illness ? . #worldmentalhealthday #mentalhealthday

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Steph went to her doctor, and passed out in the office. She went to the hospital next, where they monitored the baby and ran some tests. But the pain and exhaustion continued to get worse.

By this point, says Steph, she was having trouble doing even the simplest of tasks, like walking or opening bottles. She tried hot showers, over-the-counter pain meds, and rest, but continued to deteriorate. It got so bad that she “physically couldn’t reach (her) arm out, walk, sit, roll in bed ..ANYTHING”. Her husband Ryan took her back to the hospital, and she was admitted.

It was during her stay that doctors mentioned the body doing strange things when pregnant and stressed. Steph believes her body shut down to protect the baby from the stress she was under, and force her to slow down.

{NEW BLOG: 9 POSITIVE MORNING RITUALS TO START YOUR DAY} Now I never thought I was a creature that depended on routine but as I get older (and thanks to children) I find myself relying more and more on daily rituals. Your daily rituals have such a huge impact on your entire day and your mindset. . Have you ever had a morning where you woke up late, forgot to eat breakfast, put your pants on the wrong way, your phone didn’t charge overnight and you got a brand spanking new pimple…usually when these things happen you tell yourself that it’s going to be a bad day. . So here are some morning routines I set in place for myself which help my productivity and keep me in a positive state of mind! (CONTINUE READING- LINK IN BIO) . . What's your morning routine?? Will you try out any of these rituals ?? . #fitnessjourney #productivity #interiordesign #lifestyleblogger

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Her terrifying ordeal opened her eyes to how important it is to take it easy when you’re pregnant. And she’s sharing her story in hopes that it can help other pregnant moms out there.

“Mothers take on so many roles and have such huge responsibilities but we need to remember that if you don’t look after YOU then you are not good to anyone else.”

“You can pour from an empty cup.”

So true, Steph. We wish you the best on your recovery, and hope you’re feeling stronger everyday!

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